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Campus ready for big weekend

Binghamton University’s campus will see an especially lively and diverse smorgasbord of events this weekend.

Thousands are expected at the Events Center as Binghamton welcomes the America East men’s basketball tournament. Games begin Friday night and continue throughout the weekend.

The Russian National Orchestra will perform Friday evening at the Anderson Center and linguist Noam Chomsky will deliver an anti-war speech there Saturday night. Rounding out this busy weekend is a student production of Canterbury Tales that will be presented Friday through Sunday.

Basketball tournament

The men’s basketball team, coming off an impressive lategame rally Feb. 26 against Vermont, goes into the America East Conference Tournament as the No. 2 seed.

The Bearcats won 15 regular- season games, the most in the Division I era. The team’s second-place finish is its best in five years in the America East. Binghamton was picked fourth in the preseason coaches’ poll.

Binghamton is playing host to the tournament for the second straight year. It’s a c

America East Tournament tickets are on sale now.
hance for the University to showcase the Events Center and the campus in general as well as a major boost for the region. The tournament’s total impact on the Southern Tier economy is estimated at more than $3.5 million.

The tournament begins Friday night at the Events Center as No. 8 UMBC plays No. 9 Stony Brook.

Binghamton will play No. 7 Maine at noon Saturday. The Bearcats won their two regular-season match-ups against Maine.

No. 3 Boston University and No. 6 Vermont play in the second afternoon game, which will begin 30 minutes after the first game concludes.

Saturday’s evening session starts at 6 p.m. with the winner of Friday’s game playing No. 1 Albany. No. 4 Hartford and No. 5 New Hampshire play in the second evening game.

The semifinals will begin at noon Sunday with the winners of the Saturday afternoon games playing first, followed by the winners of the Saturday evening games.

The championship will be played at noon Saturday, March 11, at the home of the higher remaining seed.

The winner of that game is guaranteed a spot in the National

An adaptation of Canterbury Tales will be performed Friday,
Collegiate Athletic Association’s tournament.

Individual game tickets as well as tournament passes are now on sale. Call 777-SLAM or visit www.

Russian National Orchestra

A theatrical and orchestral presentation featuring Shakespearean actor Michael Cumpsty will highlight the Russian National Orchestra’s A l l - T c h a i k o v s k y Gala Based on Shakespeare.

The program was conceived by Lincoln Center and is being shared only with the Anderson Center during the United States tour.

The Grammy-winning Russian National Orchestra, has toured throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Vladimir Jurowski, music director of the Glydebourne Festival Opera and principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic, will be conducting. He will make his La Scala debut later this season and has been invited to conduct the New York Philharmonic next season.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Friday at the Anderson Center.

Noam Chomsky

Chomsky, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor considered the father of modern

Linguist Noam Chomsky will speak Saturday evening.
linguistics, is also a longtime activist for peace and social justice.

His talk, titled “Imminent Crises: Paths Toward Solutions,” is among the anti-war activities that will mark the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. It begins at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Anderson Center’s Osterhout Concert Theater.

The Harpur College Dean’s Office and several student groups are sponsoring the event.

Chomsky’s latest book, Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World, is a series of interviews with journalist David Barsamian in which Chomsky discusses the war and related topics.

Canterbury Tales

Tom Beyer, a 1988 graduate of the Theatre Department, is directing a cast of 10 students in his own adaptation of Canterbury Tales.

He did a professional production of the show last August in Los Angeles and sent a script to Thomas Kremer, a former professor he thought might like the ensemble nature of the play. As it turned out, Kremer wasn’t able to direct and the University invited Beyer to step in.

“It’s been so excit

Vladimir Jurowski will conduct the Russian National
ing and so fun,” Beyer said. “It’s been an interesting challenge to work on it with students.”

He’s on campus for just five weeks to rehearse the show and see it through two weekends of performances. The last shows are this weekend.

“I’m very impressed by the talent that’s been given to me,” Beyer said. The 10 actors play about 120 characters without any set changes or special effects.

The show has been labeled as appropriate for mature audiences, but Beyer said he feels his adaptation is a faithful rendering of Chaucer’s original. One unusual aspect of Chaucer, Beyer said, is that he wrote each of the tales in Canterbury Tales to reflect the personality of the person telling the story. So, if the Miller is raucous and bawdy, his story will be too.

Beyer said the adaptation was a natural project for him, since his second major at Binghamton was in creative writing.

“As an actor, classical text has always been a love of mine,” he said, “which is one of the reasons I decided to tackle an adaptation of my own.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08